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Common Types of Mold in your Home

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold comes in all shapes, sizes and colours. Learn how to identify the type of mold in your home and develop a plan of attack for treating it.

The most common types of mold include aspergillus, cladosporium and stachybotrys atra (more commonly known as black mold).

Aspergillus is a fairly allergenic mold that is regularly found in foods and in-home air conditioning systems. Cladosporium is typically a black or green “pepper like” substance that grows on the back of toilets, painted surfaces and fiberglass air ducts. While this mold is nontoxic to humans, it can trigger common allergy symptoms, such as red watery eyes, rashes and sore throat.

Mold that looks orange or red is typically found outdoors, due to its nature to thrive on decaying plants and moist wood. This type of mold, which can appear slimy, is harmless and should only be removed for aesthetic purposes.

White mold is not technically a type of mold, but the good news is that this typically indicates the mold is only in the early stages of growth and can easily be treated.

Stachybotrys atra or black mold is a toxic mold commonly found in cellulose-rich building materials from damp or water-damaged buildings. When wet, Stachybotrys can look greenish black and slimy, but can also look sooty and black. It’s been associated with several symptoms which are highly controversial. If you find stachybotrys in your home, you must seek professional assistance immediately to remove it.

SERVPRO of Ajax is here to help with any mold problems you may have, whether toxic or non-toxic. Call us at 289-460-5124 for more information.

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